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One of the most important musicians to emerge from Ireland in recent times, Finghin Collins was born in Dublin in 1977 and studied with John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and with Dominique Merlet at the Geneva Conservatoire. He established his international reputation by winning the 1999 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition. Since then he has performed with leading orchestras such as the Chicago, Houston, City of Birmingham and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, the Seoul, London, Rotterdam, BBC and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Northern Sinfonia, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Myung-Whun Chung, Christoph Eschenbach, Emmanuel Krivine, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, Heinrich Schiff, Vassily Sinaisky and Leonard Slatkin. In 2013 he completed his three-year tenure as Associate Artist of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, rounding off his cycle of the complete Mozart and Beethoven piano concertos. His double CD recording for the RTÉ lyric fm label of four Mozart piano concertos directed from the keyboard with the RTÉ NSO was also released in May 2013.


 In June 2013 he made his début in the London Pianoforte Series at the Wigmore Hall in London. Engagements in the 2013/14 season have included appearances with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra / Christopher Warren-Green, Budapest Festival Orchestra / Gábor Tákacs-Nagy, London Chamber Orchestra / Christopher Warren-Gree, the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau / Antony Hermus and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra / Gábor Tákacs-Nagy.  In 2014/15 he will tour with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland / Mark Wigglesworth and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century / Kenneth Montgomery as well as returning to the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra / Alan Buribayev.


Collins’ two double CD recordings of Schumann’s solo piano music for Claves Records in Switzerland have received widespread acclaim, including Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine in 2006.  His more recent recording for Claves of works by C.V. Stanford with the RTÉ NSO / Kenneth Montgomery has also been very well received, and was Editor’s Choice in 2011. Finghin Collins has been Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival since its inception in 2006, and is also Artistic Director of Music for Galway since January 2013.  Currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Dublin International Piano Competition, he has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Concert Hall (2001 - 2006), Musician-in-Residence in South Dublin County Council (2005 - 2008) and Artist-in-Residence in Waterford Institute of Technology (2005 - 2009).

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